Discussion is now open for Downbelow Station. Odo, who nominated the book has contributed some questions to kick us off. As always, these are only a starting point. Feel free to discuss any and all things that occurred to you in your reading of this Hugo winner. 1) "Downbelow station" is set during a war, but we (almost) never witness the battles, only their consequences. What do you think about this way of telling the story? Would you have liked the book more if it the focus was like that of more typical Space Opera with lots of explosions? 2) There are many different characters in the story. Which one was your favourite? Which one did you like the least? 3) What do you think of the process of "Adjustment," both morally and from a story-telling perspective? 4) Have you read any other Cherryh's books set in the Alliance-Union universe? If not, are you planning to read any? 5) C. J. Cherryh is well-known for her aliens. How did you find the Downers as an alien race? How important was their alien-ness to the overall story?